Problem with Panasonic Lumix TZ3 camera downloads/firmware

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by x, Jan 2, 2012.

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    x Guest

    I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 camera from 2007/2008 . But I can't
    find the latest firmware or any software whatsoever for it .

    I have looked on the web to no avail .

    How can I update the firware to more than what came in the box when I
    bought it ?

    Can anyone help ?

    This is very strange and not good support from Panasonic .

    x, Jan 2, 2012
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  2. What version firmware do you have, Pete? Mine had 1.0.A (1.0.16). What
    is updated in later versions I'm unsure, although 1.0.D fixed printing the
    date, I read.

    A version check is described here:

    David J Taylor, Jan 2, 2012
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    Bruce Guest

    As far as I am aware, Panasonic has never needed to release updated
    firmware for the TZ3.

    You can find an instruction manual for free download by searching on
    the web.
    Bruce, Jan 2, 2012
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    You're right - this is very strange. Panasonic normally puts ample
    information on their web sites for their products, but the DMC-TZ3
    is completely absent. It may be that the DMC-TZ3 label was limited
    and has an equivalent with a different label.

    I'd suggest contacting them directly:
    Ray Fischer, Jan 2, 2012
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    x Guest

    UPDATE :

    I wrote Panasonic and got this reply today :

    Dear Peter,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Panasonic with your enquiry.

    For a possible fault with the unit to be diagnosed and repaired, it
    will need to be looked at by a Panasonic Service Centre.
    Please use the link below to locate your nearest Authorised Service

    A firmware update is not available for TZ3, It had not had any issues
    requiring a update.

    Kind Regards,


    I think this is still strange because the above poster does mention
    that there were some updates or versions of the firmware.

    Also , since I am repurchasing accessories which I lost(e.g. the
    undrewater casing) I wonder whether it's worth it ?
    note : I lost all accessories except the camera itself -- I have not
    battery , no recharger .So, I'm geting them all again from Panasonic
    direct .

    Any advice ?

    x, Jan 4, 2012
  6. As that camera is now quite old, how much would you lose by starting from
    scratch with a newer model? Buying a battery and charger from Panasonic
    would not be cheap.

    David J Taylor, Jan 4, 2012
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    x Guest

    Hi David ,

    The T3 cost me about $385 .So , I am doing my sums trying to see if
    its worth it . I don't want to write it off . I found a cheap new
    underwater casing by Panasonic for the camera and other cheap new
    accessories so I can use it as back up .

    But the compact I really want is the Sony NEX-7 ( but until Sony fixes
    that flooded factory in Bangkok the prices will by too high (see eBay
    for example)..

    I have a lot of alpha mount lenses from my Minolta days that I plan to
    use on the Sony a900(when I get it) and on the NEX-7 using an alpha to
    e-mount adapter for my alpha lenses .

    But I really like the underwater accessories that the Panasonic
    compacts have too .

    The way things are going , thanks to Moore's Law , I'll be updating my
    cameras every 5 years :)

    I wonder if Sony is planning a successor to the A900 ?

    Best ,


    x, Jan 4, 2012
  8. Excellent in that role, and as a compact. Newer models may well be
    better, but if you've located the bits you need, that's an excellent
    start. As the TZ3 was a popular camera, there may be quite few available
    second-hand when their owners upgraded. I would try and buy recently
    manufactured batteries, though.
    You're lucky it isn't every two years! I like the idea of the NEX-7, but
    I've never held one. Somehow, using older and bigger than necessary
    lenses, particularly with an adapter making the package even bigger,
    defeats much of the "compact" appeal. Were I going to get something
    compact, it would more likely be micro-four-thirds.

    David J Taylor, Jan 4, 2012
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    J. Clarke Guest

    FWIW, the 1.0d firmware (for some version and some market) can be
    downloaded from
    ail?storeId=15001&idval=UCM_STG_CNT_032448> until Panasonic decides to
    pull it. And don't ask me how I found that--it doesn't seem to be
    accessible from the Panasonic main page.
    J. Clarke, Jan 6, 2012
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    x Guest

    David wrote :

    Is this what you mean or another battery ?


    x, Jan 6, 2012
  11. Peter,

    I mean that you should try to find a battery which has been manufactured
    recently, and not one which has been sitting in a warehouse for a couple
    of years.

    Personally, I would buy a lower-priced 3rd party battery, as I consider
    the Panasonic over-priced, but from a reputable source - in the UK

    David J Taylor, Jan 6, 2012
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    x Guest

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the link !

    Best ,

    x, Jan 6, 2012
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